February 16, 2013

Wagner Ruins Delaware State's Lacrosse Debut

from press release

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.  - Sophomore attack Jessica Mills (Vernon, NJ/ Vernon Township) fired home a career-high six goals while freshmen Stephanie Peterson (Vernon, NJ/ Vernon Township) Taylor Pastore (Baldwinsville, NY/ C.W. Baker) and Casey McCarthy (Cypress, TX/ Cy-Fair) each registered a hat trick in as the Wagner women’s lacrosse team defeated Delaware State 21-2 in the 2013 Season Opener.

The Hornets, who were playing the first-ever women’s lacrosse game in school history, received goals from Emily Peets and Miranda Hawkins.

In addition to her six goals, Mills assisted on three others to give her a career-high nine points in the game. Fifth-year head coach Cristina Curiale unveiled her promising 12-member recruiting class, many of whom played large roles. In addition to the trio of rookies who recorded hat tricks, five other Wagner freshmen found the scoring column.

Gretchen Fay (Spring Lake Heights, NJ/ Manasquan) notched three points on two goals and an assist. Adding two points apiece were Fay’s high school teammate Shea Gegan (Manasquan, NJ/ Manasquan) and Tori McGrath (Albany, NY/ Bethlehem Central), who struck for one goal and one assist each as well as Kimmy Tumolo (Mullica Hill, NJ/ Clearview Regional).

All told, the 12 freshmen, who comprise virtually half of the Seahawk 25-person roster, combined to score 19 points on 13 goals and six assists. Veterans who found the back of the cage for the Green & White included junior Michela Galante (Maplewood, NJ/ Maplewood), with one goal and one assist, and senior Jillian Maloney (Mahopac, NY/ Mahopac) who had one goal. Other returnees to score were senior Erika Bulken (Baldwinsville, NY/ C. W. Baker) and sophomore Chantel Agnew (Poolesville, MD/ Poolesville), who added one assist each.

Another freshman, Katie Ferraro (Owings Mill, MD/ McDonogh) earned the start in goal and came up with three saves while playing the first half before giving way to sophomore Shannon Sweeney (Madsion, NJ/ Madison) who picked up one save.

After consecutive goals by Mills, Pastore and Fay got the Seahawks off to an early 3-0 lead, Peets tallied an unassisted goal at 17:46, a marker that will go down as the first goal in Delaware State history. Wagner responded by reeling off 11 unanswered goals to close the first half a commanding 14-1 lead. The Seahawks then picked up where they left off in the second half, hitting for the next six goals to make it a 17-0 bridging the halves to build the margin to 20-1.

Delaware St. finally stopped the run at 17:59 of the second half when Miranda Hawkins converted on a free position shot. With Wagner patiently working the ball around the perimeter in the latter stages of the game, the last Seahawk tally came at 3:06 as McCarthy completed the day’s scoring at 3:06 after receiving a pass from Gegan, one of her 11 fellow freshmen.
Statistically, Wagner out-shot Delaware State 39-8, led in draw controls 17-8 and in ground balls, 27-15

The Seahawks are next in action on Friday, February 22 when they travel to Manhattan College in a 6:00 pm start.

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